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| p.1 #14 · Red-tailed Hawk catching a Squirrel |
Informative series showing natural predation. Good sharp images. Usually it's the talons that do the killing; the beak is used for post-mortem dismembering and consuming. I observed a similar sequence with a large rabbit that was considerably heavier than the attacking Red-tailed Hawk. But the hawk had its talons on the rabbit's throat/neck area at the onset, and it took a very short time before the rabbit was no longer moving. It's startling and exciting to witness, but I must confess to feeling a quick and unexpected pang of sadness, also.
The hawk initially had it by the back end and it kept biting it around the neck and head...I'm sure having those daggers dug into does the trick but the hawk didn't have good control of it at the start....they kept struggling for about 3-4 minutes.